trans ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. transgender or transsexual: Their son is trans. Laura is a trans woman.


  1. a person who is transgender or transsexual.

Origin of trans by shorteningUsage note Many transgender people prefer writing trans compounds as two words, as in trans man, trans woman, and trans person . When so written as an open compound with a space, trans functions as an adjective modifying a noun such as man. Spelling these words as closed or hyphenated compounds, as in transmale and trans-people, loses the distinction between trans as a descriptive adjective and man , woman , or person as a human being. Similarly, cis male and cis female are the preferred spelling of these terms. trans.

  1. transaction; transactions.
  2. transfer.
  3. transferred.
  4. transformer.
  5. transit.
  6. transitive.
  7. translated.
  8. translation.
  9. translator.
  10. transparent.
  11. transportation.
  12. transpose.
  13. transverse.


  1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (transcend; transfix); on this model, used with the meanings “across,” “beyond,” “through,” “changing thoroughly,” “transverse,” in combination with elements of any origin: transisthmian; trans-Siberian; transempirical; transvalue.
  2. Chemistry. a prefix denoting a geometric isomer having a pair of identical atoms or groups on the opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond.Compare cis-(def 2).
  3. Astronomy. a prefix denoting something farther from the sun (than a given planet): trans-Martian; trans-Neptunian.
  4. a prefix meaning “on the other side of,” referring to the misalignment of one’s gender identity with one’s biological sex assigned at birth: transgender; transsexual.

Origin of trans- Latin, combining form of trāns (adv. and preposition) across, beyond, through in trans.

  1. in transit; en route.

Origin of in trans. From the Latin word in trānsitū Examples from the Web for trans Contemporary Examples of trans

  • “I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.

    Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem

    David Levesley

    January 9, 2015

  • The digital dating sphere can prove tricky, and bruising, for the trans user.

    Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem

    David Levesley

    January 9, 2015

  • Here she is in June saying “Trans politics and feminism have never been headed to the same place.”

    Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It’s About Ethics in Suicide Journalism

    Arthur Chu

    January 3, 2015

  • The sad fact is that more than 41 percent of trans people admit making at least one suicide attempt in their lifetime.

    Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen

    Parker Molloy

    January 1, 2015

  • Is there something wrong with trans people that drives us to self-harm?

    Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen

    Parker Molloy

    January 1, 2015

  • Historical Examples of trans

  • It is worth while referring to Mr. MacRitchie’s article in Trans.

    Folklore as an Historical Science

    George Laurence Gomme

  • Writings of Petitot, Morice, &c., especially the latter in Trans.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4


  • Full accounts of the capture of this last specimen have been given in the Trans.

    Extinct Birds

    Walter Rothschild

  • This has been trans, into German by M. Bruns, Karlsruhe, 1894.

    A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)

    Henry Smith Williams

  • His transfer to another jail was indicated by the abbreviation “trans.”

    Robert Tournay

    William Sage

  • British Dictionary definitions for trans trans. abbreviation for

    1. transaction
    2. transferred
    3. transitive
    4. translated
    5. translator

    trans- sometimes before s- tran- prefix

    1. across, beyond, crossing, on the other sidetransoceanic; trans-Siberian; transatlantic
    2. changing thoroughlytransliterate
    3. transcendingtransubstantiation
    4. transverselytransect
    5. (often in italics) indicating that a chemical compound has a molecular structure in which two groups or atoms are on opposite sides of a double bondtrans-butadiene Compare cis- (def. 2)

    Word Origin for trans- from Latin trāns across, through, beyond Word Origin and History for trans trans-

    prefix meaning “across, beyond, to go beyond,” from Latin trans-, from prep. trans “across, over, beyond,” probably originally present participle of a verb *trare-, meaning “to cross” (see through).

    trans in Medicine trans [trăns, trănz] adj.

    1. Having two genes, each carrying a mutation, located on opposite chromosomes of a homologous pair.

    trans- pref.

    1. Across; on the other side; beyond:transilient.
    2. Through:transpiration.
    3. Change; transfer:transketolation.
    4. Having a pair of identical atoms on opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond. Used of a geometric isomer. Usually in italic:trans-butene.
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